James' current research is engaged in different forms of visual narrative in relation to personal, cultural and social memory. In part this research relates to issues of memory and trauma post 9/11 and the representation of "self" in graphic and sequential narrative forms.
Particular focus and critical theory has developed around the writings of Roland Barthes, Hal Foster, Paul Virilio and Slavoj Zizek.
This research is a further development of previous essays in 'Art in the Age of Terrorism' (2005, Paul Holberton Publishing, ISBN 1903470412) and research paper 'Cartoon Wars: Appropriating culture and the destruction of Imagination Land' (presented at Screens of Terror: Representations of War and Terrorism Since 9/11 in Film, TV Drama and Documentary).
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